‘Vice’ leads Globes noms

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer

Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” swooped in to lead nom­i­na­tions for the 76th an­nual Golden Globe Awards.

NEW YORK (AP) — Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” swooped in to lead nom­i­na­tions for the 76th an­nual Golden Globe Awards, nar­rowly edg­ing Bradley Cooper’s tear-jerk­ing re­vival “A Star Is Born,” the in­ter­ra­cial road-trip drama “Green Book” and the pe­riod romp “The Favourite.”

“Vice” topped all con­tenders Thurs­day with a sur­pris­ing six nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing best pic­ture, com­edy. “A Star Is Born,” ‘’Green Book” and “The Favourite” trailed close be­hind with five nom­i­na­tions each.

While the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press As­so­ci­a­tion, a col­lec­tion of 88 mostly lesser­known free­lance film jour­nal­ists, is known for its quirkier se­lec­tions and cat­e­go­riza­tions (“Get Out” last year slot­ted in as a com­edy), few saw the re­sound­ing suc­cess of “Vice” com­ing.

The An­na­purna Pic­tures re­lease, star­ring Chris­tian Bale as the for­mer vice pres­i­dent, is a highly crit­i­cal por­trait of the for­mer vice pres­i­dent (played by a barely rec­og­niz­able Chris­tian Bale, who was also nom­i­nated) that por­trays Cheney as a power-hun­gry, be­hind-the-scenes tyrant. It ar­rives in the­aters Dec. 25.

Join­ing “A Star Is Born” in the best pic­ture, drama, cat­e­gory were ‘Black Pan­ther,” ‘’BlacKkKlans­man,” ‘’Bohemian Rhapsody” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Up for best pic­ture, com­edy, along­side “Vice” are “The Favourite,” ‘’Green Book,” ‘’Mary Pop­pins Re­turns” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”

The nom­i­na­tions, an­nounced at the Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel in Bev­erly Hills, Cal­i­for­nia, were pre­sented by Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann and Chris­tian Slater.

The nom­i­nees for best an­i­mated film were “In­cred­i­bles 2,” ‘’Isle of Dogs,” ‘’Mirai,” ‘’Ralph Breaks the In­ter­net” and “Spi­derMan: Into the Spi­der-Verse.”

Cu­ri­ously, the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press doesn’t con­sider for­eign-lan­guage films for best film, so Al­fonso Cuaron’s Net­flix drama “Roma” was left out of the Globes’ top cat­e­gory. It was nom­i­nated for best screen­play, best di­rec­tor and best for­eign lan­guage film.

The other nom­i­nees for best for­eign lan­guage film were “Caper­naum,” ‘’Girl,” ‘’Never Look Away” and “Sho­plifters” — a field that no­tably left off one of the year’s most ac­claimed films: Pawel Paw­likowski’s “Cold War.”

The rat­ings for last Jan­uary’s broad­cast, hosted by Seth Mey­ers and graced with an im­pas­sioned speech by Oprah Win­frey, dipped 5 per­cent with about 19 mil­lion view­ers. As the first ma­jor award show fol­low­ing the Har­vey We­in­stein rev­e­la­tions and sub­se­quent launch of the #MeToo move­ment, the usu­ally more friv­o­lous cer­e­mony had an atyp­i­cal edge of se­ri­ous­ness. In a demon­stra­tion or­ga­nized by the then-just-founded Time’s Up, many women wore black on the red car­pet.

Whether this year will re­turn the Globes to their more light­hearted cel­e­bra­tions will rest partly with its un­ex­pected pair­ing of Andy Sam­berg and “Killing Eve” star San­dra Oh, who on Thurs­day was nom­i­nated for best ac­tress in a TV se­ries drama. They were an­nounced Wed­nes­day as hosts to the Jan. 6 cer­e­mony, to be broad­cast live on NBC.

AN­NA­PURNA PIC­TURES/GREIG FRASER

Chris­tian Bale ap­pears in a scene from “Vice.”

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